The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

January 22, 2014

Record-breaking night just another game for Potts


jonathan@athensnews-courier.com

— Athens High school’s single-game 3-point record fell last week and Giddy Potts barely broke a sweat doing it.

At least that’s how it appeared. The senior guard knocked down nine 3-pointers, breaking Jeff Tosh’s single-game record of eight. Potts tied the record last season against Lawrence County.

“We talked about it before the game, that we would be on the road and how we needed to get off to a good start,” said Athens head coach Stace Tedford. “We actually wanted to get the ball inside more, but he hit a three to start the game and the first three trips were buried threes.”

Potts hit his first six shots from behind the arc and had 24 points at halftime. While he couldn’t miss a shot during the game, that wasn’t the case beforehand.

“In warm-ups, I was missing everything,” said Potts. “Then, after I hit those first two in the game, I knew I could do it. I could feel (I made it) when it left my hand.”

The 3-point barrage allowed Athens to take a big first-half lead and cruise to a 82-40 win over Russellville. The big lead triggered the new “running clock” rule in the fourth quarter, which shortened the game significantly or the new 3-point record could have reached a dozen.

“The rim looked like it was a swimming pool for him,” said Tedford. “He could throw it up and it was going to go in. He really did a good job of distributing the ball. He threw a couple of alley-hoops to his brother. If he was selfish, he could have scored 50.”

Potts nearly outscored Russellville by himself, scoring 37 points, the second-most in one game of his career.

After discovering he had 24 points at halftime, Potts had a pretty good idea he would have a chance to break the record. And once he did, he signaled for Tedford to call timeout and his night was finished.

“The crowd was yelling at me, telling me how many I had,” said Potts. “So, I knew it when I broke the record. I wanted to get out and let my teammates play.”

Potts and company have a big test Friday when the Golden Eagles host 6A No. 7 Grissom at 7:30 p.m.